With the Christmas break fast approaching and more time to get out and about on our beaches and the South West Coast Path, we are encouraging people to stay safe along the Jurassic Coast. The recent huge landslip in Cornwall demonstrates the unpredictable and dynamic nature of our coastline.
Rockfalls and landslips can and do happen at any time; however, heavy rain and winter weather can increase the risk still further. The Jurassic Coast looks the way it does because of erosion – meaning it is always on the move.
Remember the golden rules:
- Stay away from the edge of cliffs – admire the view from a safe distance
- Never lie or sit under the cliffs – there is very little chance of survival if caught under a rockfall
- Adhere to warning signs – they are there for your safety
- Check tide times before you set off- avoid being cut off by incoming tides
- Be aware of mud flows – don’t get stuck
- Keep dogs on leads near the cliff edge
Ken Buchan, Dorset County Council’s Coast & Countryside Service Manager said:
“The Jurassic Coast is a wonderful place to visit, but it’s important to use common sense and caution – stay away from the edge and base of cliffs and always pay attention to warning signs and safety messages.”
Sam Rose, CEO of the Jurassic Coast Trust said:
“We know many people will be out walking over the Christmas break, but I urge everyone to take on-board the safety advice and in particular, pay close attention to children who may not be aware of the dangers and to their pets too.”
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